Jim Carrey's career trajectory in the mid-90s was insane. After more than a decade of minor TV and film work, he burst onto the public consciousness in February 1994 with the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This was followed in July 1994 by The Mask and in December by Dumb and Dumber.
The following year saw the release of Batman Forever and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. In just over 18 months, Carrey had gone from jobbing actor to the biggest - and arguably most overexposed - star on the planet. Then came The Cable Guy...
Directed by Ben Stiller from a script co-penned by Judd Apatow, The Cable Guy should have been an easy continuation of Carrey's unprecedented hot streak. Instead, it debuted to noxious reviews and was quickly dubbed a box office bomb.
As we continue our series of movies directed by actors, we explore the difference between a good Jim Carrey movie and a bad one, wonder aloud how Matthew Broderick managed to make so little charisma go such a long way in Hollywood - and question whether The Cable Guy is truly deserving of its dismal reputation.
As is the tradition, we also pitch our ideas for what a modern-day sequel might look like, featuring a reckoning with 21st century technology and a role reversal thriller inspired by Carrey's own struggle to escape from his rubber-limbed reputation.
Beyond The Box Set is the hit British movie podcast that has audiences crying for less. Every week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ludicrous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen.
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00.00: Matthew Broderick was the Armie Hammer of the 90s
17.00: The Cable Guy Drinking Games
28.10: The Cable Guy: Unplugged
41.55: The Cable Guy 2: The Unstable Guy
51.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 62 Preview